One of the best ways to kick off spring is to get organized and declutter. Whether it is an excess of toys or outgrown clothes, spring cleaning means a fresh start! We asked Barbara Reich, NYC professional organizer and owner of Resourceful Consultants and author of Secrets of an Organized Mom, for her five tips to get your family in gear and how to let the kids in on the fun…
1. Go through your children’s clothing and get rid of anything that does not fit or is torn or worn through. If your kids want to help, let them try everything on and have a fashion show. This will keep them entertained and allow you to see what you need to purchase. At the same time, use this time to go through any bags of hand-me-downs. Anything that you won’t use should be thrown out or donated.
2. Go through all of the arts and crafts and school supplies. Throw out any and all pens or markers in your house that are out of ink. If you have kids, make it a game for them to hunt, peck and test out the goods. Once everything is gone through, group like things together and create labeled areas for each item so that you know what you have.
3. Clean out the playroom. Encourage your kids to donate any of the toys that they no longer play with or use. This is a great way to teach your kids about charity and make room in the playroom for new toys.
4. If your family doesn’t have one, create a master calendar. This can be digital or physical. The entire family’s activities should be on the calendar – from school project deadlines to practices to parties. This will make it easy to know where everyone will be and to organize car pools or buy gifts. It also makes your family responsible for their own deadlines.
5. Get rid of the paper piles. Throw out all of the catalogs and junk mail. File the papers that you really need. You may need to take some time and create a filing infrastructure, but once you have that system, it will take you 5 minutes a day to go through the mail and eliminate those awful piles. Have your kids help by letting them throw out the junk mail.
*This is an original blog contribution for Mommy Nearest